Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Education at Columbia Center for the Arts

Pastel Workshop with Karen Watson

Holiday Ceramics Workshop

Holiday Ceramics Workshop

Thanksgiving Arts Camps

Thanksgiving Arts Camps

Creating Snowflakes with Sheila Ford Richmond

Qiang Huang basics of oil painting workshop

Confluence Project: Celilo Falls

Columbia Center for the Arts recently had the honor of working with Pacific Northwest Native American artist, Lillian Pitt, on a series of Confluence Project workshops for children. Click on the arrow below to view a digital story of what children involved in the project learned.

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Click here to learn more about the Confluence Project

Click here to learn more about Lillian Pitt

After School Art Blog

Click here to see a blog of four week after school art program.

About Our Education & Outreach Programs

Columbia Center for the Arts offers art education, outreach and art classes for both seasoned artists and beginning art students in all disciplines from literary arts, theater, visual arts and more.

We offer art appreciation opportunities for the general public, as well as partnering opportunities with local schools.  We have a classroom set up as an art studio, and is available for rent by art teachers and others who want to teach their own classes.

Art classes at Columbia Art Gallery

Education is a cornerstone of our mission as a center. We hope you join us in an art class or other art education opportunity in the near future.

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October 25-26 10am-4pm

Pastel Workshop with Karen Watson

Gallery Artist Karen Watson returns to the Center for another insightful workshop on pastels. Participants explore various application techniques, value relationships and composition.
Learn More: Pastel Workshop with Karen Watson

November 4, 11, 18 3-4:30pm

Holiday Ceramics Workshop

Create a one-a-kind gift for someone special. Join ceramics artist Yvonne Wakefield at the Columbia Center for the Arts Tuesday afternoons in November to design and hand-build holiday gifts from clay.
Learn More: Holiday Ceramics Workshop

November 24-26 9am-12pm

Thanksgiving Art Camps

To celebrate children’s author Jan Brett’s book signing of her latest book, The Animals’ Santa, on December 12; the November Thanksgiving art classes are centered around books, storytelling and animals. Pick one day or choose all three for a great Thanksgiving break.
Learn More: Thanksgiving Art Camps

November 15 1-3pm

Creating Snowflakes, with Sheila Ford Richmond

Snowflakes: delicate, individual, unique. Sheila Ford Richmond teaches techniques to make your own snowflakes. Learn to fold, design and cut 6-sided paper snowflakes like the ones in nature.
Learn More: Creating Snowflakes

Every Thursday 9am-12pm

Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

This oil painting class is designed for novices and experts alike. Cathleen's techniques are meant to meet every artist wherever you are in your painting journey.

Learn More: Cathleen Rehfeld

October 5, 12, 19
November 2, 9, 14, 15, 16

The Art of the Personal Narrative

Are you ready to discover your story and share it with the world? Portland Story Theater is delighted to bring our workshop, The Art of Personal Narrative, to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Learn More: The Art of the Personal Narrative

Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 9am-12pm

Life and Portrait Drawing

You’re invited to attend our Drawer’s Club in the Studio. Paint or draw from a live model. All skill levels are welcome. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills.

Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Club

April 10 – 12, 2015

Qiang Huang Three-day basics of oil painting workshop

Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas.
Learn More: Qiang Huang

For more information:

Call Columbia Center for the Arts,
541-387-8877, ext 114, or email